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Lions WR Kenny Golladay expected to play Week 3 vs. Cardinals

The Lions will get back their best offensive weapon this week.

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Chances are if you’re a Detroit Lions fan and you’re here, you could probably use some good news.

And while I can’t sit here and tell you that the team is about to turn everything around and save the season, I can tell you that one of their most significant pieces on offense is about to return to the lineup after missing the first two weeks.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lions Pro Bowl receiver Kenny Golladay is expected to play next week against the Arizona Cardinals. Per Schefter, Golladay was close to playing this past Sunday against the Packers, but the Lions simply didn’t want to risk aggravating the injury. Head coach Matt Patricia spoke vaguely about this a couple weeks ago.

“We’re trying to prevent them from being long-term type of soft-tissue injuries,” Patricia said. “So even if we get guys that are tight, that may be on the milder side, maybe a seven-, 10-, 14-day type stuff, we’re trying to prevent the four-week type of injury there.”

Golladay’s return should help out a receiving corps that has struggled in his absence. Marvin Jones Jr. has just 78 yards in two games, while Marvin Hall only has 50. Rookie Quintez Cephus is the only receiver who really appears to have stepped up in Golladay’s absence, hauling in 97 yards on six catches.

The Lions are particularly hurting in their ability to stretch the field like they did in 2019. After throwing for eight plays of 40+ yards in eight games last season (three of which went to Golladay), Matthew Stafford hasn’t connected on a single one through two games.

Golladay is coming of a breakout year in which he led the league in touchdown catches (11) and set a career high with 1,190 yards.